Panther-Fibel (1944) - A New and Authentic English Language Reproduction
The Tank Museum has faithfully and meticulously translated the wartime Panther tank handbook.
Based on the original document housed in our Archive, this self-published title will feature English text carefully set over the German, retaining the rhyming verses and intended wit of the authors.
It includes inserts from the original book and a new foreword by Curator David Willey.
This edition will be close to the original size (12.5cm x17.8cm – ideal for tankies’ pockets) and on identical paper for an authentic feel.
Panther-Fibel was created as an engaging and easy to understand handbook to break the tradition of heavy-going technical manuals.
Such sophisticated machines required considerable knowledge to keep them in action, so commanders sought to snag the interest of young tank crews with these light-hearted, well-illustrated handbooks.
What another great piece of history that I can add to my collection.
What struck me most were the cartoons and the very simple rhyme type descriptions - the crews were very young by that time.
The desperation of the Third Reich is palpable. Quite sad really for those boys. One can feel for them. Almost certain death within days or weeks at most.
Very well done. High quality and really interesting. Very pleased.
An interesting insight to the German thinking of how to communicate outside of traditional training.
The translation seems to maintain the original intent with the rhyme and phrasing - an unusual and specialised publication.
Many congratulations to all the production team.